I don’t talk much about my faith or my beliefs here on my blog, but they are a huge part of my life. This last weekend, we drove out to Vernal, Utah, because a dear friend of mine was going through the temple for the first time.
For those of you who don’t know, I’m a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, otherwise known as Mormons. Just to get it out of the way, it’s not a cult, my husband will never have any other wives but me, and if your definition of a Christian is someone who believes in and strives to follow Jesus Christ, we are most definitely a Christian church.
All of those misconceptions aside, it is a beautiful faith. We teach and celebrate the fact that families do not end with death, that we are children of a loving Heavenly Father, and that the progression of our spirits is an eternal process. We teach that our agency is one of our greatest gifts from God, and we need to honor that gift by using it properly. And most importantly, we teach that when we fail to use it as we should, which we inevitably will, we have access to the atonement of Jesus Christ, which is eternal and all-reaching.
It is hard to put into words the sacredness and holiness of what I feel and believe, without sounding hokey or like a religious nut, but I cannot imagine more beautiful or whole teachings. Everything centers around Jesus Christ and his atonement. It was a wonderful experience to go to a holy place, a place of teaching and worship, and be there to watch one of my best friends take such an important spiritual step. The temple is one of the most misunderstood places, and to be honest, there is so much about it that I don’t understand yet, but I understand the Spirit that is there, and I learned long ago to put myself in places where that Spirit is.
I know many of my readers are LDS, but if you aren’t, and you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I want to foster a positive atmosphere, so please keep comments or responses appropriate and kind. If you simply want more information, feel free to visit the Church’s official website: www.lds.org, or www.mormon.org which explains more about our beliefs from the members themselves.